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Restoring Tomos 1965 T12 Colibri

Postby charliebarb » Sat Aug 19, 2006 2:43 pm

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re: Restoring Tomos 1965 T12 Colibri

Postby scratchmarc » Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:57 pm

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if your Colibri is like that it might be close enough to the Puch VS 50, which might be easier to get a manual for.

good luck.

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Postby scratchmarc » Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:59 pm

duh, i should have paid attention to title of your post!

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re: Restoring Tomos 1965 T12 Colibri

Postby puch44683 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 11:21 pm

this hsould be a pretty rare bike you have, do you have a pic of it? what kind of shape is it in ......GOOD LUCK


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Postby charliebarb » Sun Aug 20, 2006 12:55 am

Thanks for the pics. I tried to post a pic of mine but the error box said "Sorry, but the maximum filesize for all Attachments is reached. Please contact the Board Administrator if you have questions."
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Postby Antique_GZR » Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:14 pm

To match the handlebar straight with the front tire alignment - take off all the metal front fairings around the headlight and handlebar. And remove the front wheel fender.

Loosen all upper and lower pinch bolts securing the upper fork tubes to both upper and lower triple clamps - with the bike on the centerstand. But don't loosen to the point where the upper fork tubes will slide up the triple clamps. Then straddle the front wheel in front of the handlebars (facing toward the back of the bike) and hold the front wheel tight between your knees (no joke) - put force on the handle bars in the direction to make it straight in alignment with the front wheel. Gauge by eye and check in the riding position without putting weight on the bike.

If nothing seriously bent this should do the job. And using a helper to lock the front wheel straight can make it easier.

To check if a fork tube is slightly bent - loosen the pinch bolts to the point where the upper fork tubes can be turned (twisted) by hand (use a leather pad for grip). Check each tube one at a time. A bent tube is readily felt and can be seen to move the front wheel alignment as the tube is twisted. If a bend is very slight - turning it to get the best possible wheel alignment is the trick. If a tube is bent where it binds the fork action (too much stiction), then the tube needs to be straightened by a professional or replaced.

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re: Restoring Tomos 1965 T12 Colibri

Postby charliebarb » Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:11 am

Thanks GZR for the tube suggestion! Easy to detect, foolproof really, I'll try it soon. This first thing I did try was to remove the 'fairing.' Turns out it IS the handlebars! The tubes with the grips on them are not continuous, but are welded into the fairing. Haven't dismantled yet. thanks for the advice. Chabs
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Postby Smitty » Mon Aug 21, 2006 7:27 am

Nice 'ped!!! Looks so much like the old Puch's! The engine is almost identical to my 1960 Sears Allstate.
Keep us posted on the restoration ;^)
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Postby charliebarb » Mon Aug 21, 2006 11:32 am

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Update 060902 Restoring Tomos 1965 T12 Colibri

Postby charliebarb » Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:03 pm

Since I will try to restore everypart on the original moped, I decided to try my hand at making the fender ornament look better. It's an aluminum casting.
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Postby Antique_GZR » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:45 pm

Looks great CB!! Post pics when you can on the progress.

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Postby jordan172005 » Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:05 pm

Dude that looks great you took it from crappy to totally perfect. Love the bike too :D Can't wait to see it when it's finished
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